How To One Legged King Pigeon – Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Achieve true balance and relaxation with the powerful One Legged King Pigeon Pose.

Straight from Sanskrit, this pose gets its name from ‘eka pada’, meaning one foot, and ‘rajakapotasana’ which translates to pigeon – not for lightweights!

This healing posture can be a great way of rejuvenating your whole body; however it is best avoided if you have any prior knee or ankle injuries.

Soar high into better flexibility, strength in the legs and hips while soothing away stress as well!


Here is a step-by-step guide on how to practice this pose:

  1. Start in a downward facing dog pose, with your hands and feet pressing into the mat and your hips lifted towards the sky.
  2. From downward facing dog, step your right foot forward between your hands, aligning your right knee over your right ankle.
  3. Lower your left knee to the mat and slide your left leg back, coming into a low lunge position with your right knee bent and your left leg extended behind you.
  4. Place your hands on your right thigh and lift your chest, coming into a lunge position with your hands on your hips.
  5. Begin to lower your hips towards the ground, keeping your hands on your right thigh for support. If you can, lower your hips all the way to the ground.
  6. From here, you can either stay in this position, or begin to walk your hands forward and lower your chest towards the ground, eventually coming into a full expression of the pose with your chest and forehead resting on the ground.
  7. To exit the pose, push into your hands and lift your chest, then come back into a low lunge position. Step your right foot back and return to downward facing dog. Repeat on the other side.

Discover how to deepen your practice of this pose and enjoy its benefits with ease.

With proper guidance from an experienced yoga practitioner or instructor, you can master the technique of keeping your hips square and front knee bent at 90-degrees while lowering into the pose.

Then, modify it according to what works best for you—say by using a strap around either leg and torso area—to ensure that each session is tailored just right!

Achieving that perfect pose requires more than just flexing your muscles – having an active core is key.

But before you attempt the move, loosen up by moving away from your body and bending those knees for a refreshing stretch in the neck area.

For extra relaxation vibes, give yourself some self-care through Forward Folding: start with Downward Dog then grip onto one foot while pushing down into the base of each step to reach max zen mode!


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How To Do One Legged King Pigeon Yoga Pose